Provide a mosquito net, save a life from Malaria

May 30, 2011

Free From Malaria

Free from Malaria - Thanks to a Net
Free from Malaria - Thanks to a Net

Warm greetings

I just returned from a field trip to Sierra Leone where I had the opportunity to visit with a number of families in the Wellington suburb of Freetown.  The community came out in full force to greet Phillip (my fellow traveler) and I.

A number of the children were holding up hand-written signs.  The words on one of the signs - "Free from Malaria" - grabbed my attention (see included photo).  This visual testimony was powerful.  Her simply testimony struck a deep chord within me.  It reminded me afresh that we making a life-preserving impact in many lives.  Being free from malaria is significant.  Saving someone's life from a killer disease is phenomenal and you are a part of making this happen.

Thanks to you and the nets you help provide, one more precious life was safe from the clutches of the killer disease, malaria.  The community also had a big sign saying "Thank You Develop Africa Donors".  We left with a sense of fulfillment... and a renewed desire to do much more.

Could you join us in doing more - saving more lives - by supporting this project on a monthly basis?  When you sign up for recurring donations, we can together make many more lives "free from malaria.  By signing up for recurring donations you would help us do so much more. Thanks for your on-going support!

Thank you donors
Thank you donors
Feb 8, 2011

Many, Many Lives Now Safe and Protected From Malaria and Mosquitoes

Onikeh - an ITN recipient
Onikeh - an ITN recipient

The statistics are depressing!  According to the Word Heatlh Organization (see link below) "In 2008, malaria caused nearly one million deaths, mostly among African children".  Think of all the lost lives and potential...

Fortunately, we are together doing our part to ensure that more lives are saved and protected by providing insecticide-treated nets.  We are slowly but surely helping to protect lives from this avoidable disease.  The article clearly recommends the use of nets as an effective prevention measure:

"insecticide-treated mosquito nets (ITNs): Long lasting insecticide impregnated nets (LLINs) are the preferred form of insecticide treated nets for public health distribution programmes. WHO recommends universal vector control coverage, and in most places, the most cost effective way to achieve this is through provision of LLINs, so that everyone in high transmission areas sleeps under a LLIN every night;"

In 2010, together with other donors, we were to distribute over 500 nets. Considering that some of these nets, when in use provide protection for at least 2 people, over 750 lives are being protected. This is uplifting and encouraging as we are making a real difference!  Thank you for helping make this happen! 

Onikeh, one of the beneficiaries that has received an insecticide-treated net net, extends her gratitude to you and all donors for helping to provide her with this net.  Onikeh's dream is to become a medical doctor.  When she becomes a medical doctor, she will be able help others affected by malaria!

This year, we plan to provide at least double this number - over 1000 nets.  Please join us in helping to protect and save many more lives.  We welcome your support as we undertake this venture.  A great time to make your next donation will be March 16th, Globalgiving Bonus Day.  On this day, GlobalGiving matches a percentage (30-50%) of each donation up until a certain donation amount.  This is a great way to maximize and make your donation go oven further.  Thanks for your support!


Oct 28, 2010

The Good News: We are Helping to Save Lives Through Nets!

Group of mosquito net beneficiaries
Group of mosquito net beneficiaries

Warm greetings

We have some bad news and some good news to report:

The bad news:  Just recently there we ran across an article linked below.  Here is an excerpt from the article:

"The most dangerous type of malaria-carrying mosquito, which kills up to a million people each year, is evolving into two different species, posing grave problems for controlling the transmission of the blood parasite." 

Fortunately - even in this dark cloud, there is a silver lining in the article:

"Our studies help us to understand the makeup of the mosquitoes that transmit malaria, so that we can find new ways of preventing them from infecting people."

Here's the very good news - that is worth telling all your friends: Together we are continuing to provide insecticide-treated nets that have been proven to be very effective as a shield against mosquito bites.  I can also attest from personal experience that they do make a huge difference.

The attached photo shows some of the beneficiaries with nets that your donations have helped to provide.  We are excited about this opportunity that is making a significant impact - saving them from sickness, lost time at work or school, lost finances through medication etc.

We look forward to saving even more lives with your on-going support!  Please share this update with a friend / family member and make a donation today.  Thanks for your support!


Aug 9, 2010

Malaria nets are simple and so very effective

Omoloara holding her new net
Omoloara holding her new net

Imagine falling sick from malaria 2 to 3 times a year! No one would want to be exposed to this life-threatening illness. Unfortunately, this is the lot and condition that thousands of children find themselves in.

The *good news* is that together we are helping to change this by providing insecticide-treated nets which have proven to be extremely effective in reducing exposure to mosquitoes and their bites. The nets provide excellent protection during the night, (when asleep - the most vulnerable time), creating an impenetrable shield.

Here is a brief profile of Omolaura - one of the children who has benefited from your donations: Omolaura attends the Methodist church primary school in the Wellington municipality of Freetown. The father died when she was six years old and since then her mother has struggled to take care of her and her two siblings. Her mother earns the equivalent of US $70 monthly, which is not enough to cover the family needs. They live in single bedroom block house with no running water and no electricity. They were delighted to receive a mosquito net and this is keeping Omolaura safe from bites and malaria. In the photos, you can see Omolaura with the mosquito net. Thanks for helping to provide this simple and effective protection.

Got suggestions on how we can extend our impact... please let us know. We would appreciate it so much if you could also invite your friends and family member to join us in providing these nets. With your on-going support, we can provide many more nets for other children - truly helping to preserve their lives. Thanks for your support.

Cordially and best wishes.

Omolaura - safe from mosquitoes
Omolaura - safe from mosquitoes


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Johnson City, Tennessee, United States

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Sylvester Renner

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